Brief history of Microsoft Founder, Bill Gates


Bill Gates is a software developer, business tycoon, investor and a philanthropist. He is the co-founder and former CEO, president at Microsoft Corporation.  Until My 2014, he was the one with the highest shareholder at the company. He is a known pioneer and entrepreneur of the Microsoft revolution in the 1970s. Gates founded the world’s largest PC software company with his friend Paul Allen back in 1975 in New Mexico. He was the chairman and CEO of the company until he stepped down in 2014 and became a technology adviser to support the new CEO, SatyaNadella.

Gates is one of the world’s wealthiest individuals. He has been the richest person in the world four times according to Forbes. His net worth in 2017 was $89.9 billion, and then it was $107.1 billion in 2019. Bill Gates is currently the second richest person in the world just coming after Jeff Bezos.

He is also an active philanthropist and has donated a large sum of money towards charitable causes. Bill owns a foundation with his wife named “Bill & Melinda Gates” which is the world’s largest private charity. The Giving Pledge is a foundation created by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett which aims at billionaires donating at least half of their wealth to philanthropy. Their main aim is to save lives, improve health worldwide and eliminate polio.

Early Life

Bill Gates was born as William Henry Gates III on the 28th of October, 1955 in Seattle Washington. His father is William H. Gates, a lawyer and his mother is Mary Maxwell Gates. He is of English, German, Irish and Scottish ancestry. His family attended the Congregational Christian Churches and Gates was a victim of bullying as a child.

When he was 13 years, he went to Lakeside prep school where he wrote his first software program. His first interest was programming the GE system in BASIC. Bills’ first program was on this machine and it was a tic-tac-toe game that allowed users to play against the computer system. He formed a programmers club with four other students to make money. He and his friends, Evans wrote a number amount of code for the school. However, Evans later died while they were working on a project towards the end of junior year. The project was completed by him and Allen.

He graduated from Lakeside in 1973 as a National Merit Scholar. He later enrolled at Harvard College after getting 1590 out of 1600 on the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test). His parents wanted him to be a lawyer so he chose a pre-law major. However, he was taking mathematics and computer science. When he was in college, he met another student Steve Ballmer who would later become the CEO of Microsoft after Bill Gates.

Bill Gates later dropped out of Harvard to start a company with his childhood friend, Paul Allen. His parents supported his desire at this time and encouraged him.


After he dropped out of college, he and his friend Paul Allen started their own company. Their first project was building a BASIC interpreter and an Altair emulator for MITS. They presented it to the president of MITS, Ed Robert who then distributed their work as Altair BASIC. After a while, Allen named their partnership Micro-Soft which he coined from “microcomputer” and “software”. After one ear, their company was registered as Microsoft.

Microsoft became an independent corporation in 1976 under the partnership of Gates and Allen. They were located in Albuquerque before and after a while; they moved it to Bellevue, Washington. The big transformation came when they created an operating system for IBM. The company became the leading software worldwide.

Bill Gates became the president and chairman of the company in 1985. In addition, the first Microsoft Windows was also launched in 1985. While he was the president, his friend became the vice president and vice-chairman. They both started having differences on how to run the company. So after a while, Paul quit. They later rekindled their friendship before Paul passed away due to Hodgkin lymphoma.

Bill Gates Net Worth

Bill Gates is one of the richest men in the world. Forbes has named him the richest in the world several times but he is now the second just coming below Jeff Bezos. As of this moment, he is worth 112.8 billion US Dollars. He became the youngest self-made billionaire in the world when he was just thirty-one years. However, Kylie Jenner became the youngest self-made billionaire in 2019 at just 21 years old.

The billionaire has been on the Forbes list since 1987 when he was one of the 400 richest in the world and till now. Then he started appearing as a billionaire on Forbes in 1995 till the moment. Undoubtedly, Bill Gates is one of the most influential personalities in the world. Times Magazine has listed him among the 100 people who influenced the 20th century. Bill Gates is a mentor and an inspiration to people everywhere. There is no doubt that his history will never be forgotten in this world.

He lives in a mansion in Washington with his wife and kids. According to reports, his house is around $147.5 million and he pays up to $1.063 million as property taxes.

Personal Life

Bill Gates has only been married once in his life. He got married to Melinda French on the 1st of January, 1994. Their union is blessed with three children, Phoebe Adele, Jennifer Katharine, and Rory John Gates. They all live in Medina, Washington.

Regarding his spiritual beliefs, the billionaire admitted that their kids were raised in a religious way and they all attend the Catholic Church. He beliefs he has been very lucky and aims to try to reduce the inequity in the world. Mr. Gates said, “I think it makes sense to believe in God, but exactly what decision in your life you make differently because of it, I don’t know”.

He loves playing tennis, bridge, and golf. Bill is also an avid reader and has a quote from “The Great Gatsby” on the ceiling of his home library. He was worth a total of $101 billion in 1999 and according to him in 2006; he didn’t want to be the richest man in the world as it brought too much attention and he didn’t like that.


Bill Gates should be an inspiration for every young person out there. He is proof that with hard work and dedication, nothing is impossible. He is one of the world’s billionaires and won’t be forgotten anytime soon.

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